By Jeannie Barber-Choi | March 2022
In February 2019, the Jenessa Shapiro Memorial Graduate Award was established to honor the late, beloved professor Jenessa Shapiro who, professionally, was known for her impactful research on stereotype threat, discrimination, and prejudice. She was also known as a champion of women and underrepresented minority groups in STEM.
Today, her legacy lives on–through the many students and colleagues she supported and inspired; through her research that provided evidence for creating better practices to promote diversity, equity and inclusion; and through awards established in her honor, like the Jenessa Shapiro Memorial Graduate Award at UCLA, that extends her work and vision, aimed at creating a more just and equitable society through graduate student research.
Peter Fisher, a fourth year PhD student, mentored by social psychology professor Tiffany Brannon, is the inaugural recipient of this award.
Here, Fisher talks about his research–on intraracial conversations–that this award will allow him to do. (3:33 minute listen)